The Claim Reviews
Between this movie and another overlooked film, Ravenous, I seem to enjoy movies set in the Sierra Nevadas during the 1860s.
This movie takes place in said setting, and involves a town built on the finding of gold in the area, known as Kingdom Come. A town named Kingdom Come is very cool to me, I just feel I need to point that out.
This town is run by Mr. Dillon, a man who has some bad history involving those he arrived in the area with.
At the beginning of the film, a man (Wes Bentley) from the Railroad company arrives, looking at the town as a prospect for where the Railroad may come through. This will make or break the town. If it comes through, good for them. If it is set up somewhere nearby, a new town will be built and this one will decline.
Also entering the town is a woman sick with Tuberculosis, and her daughter (Sarah Polley) with histories of their own involving this area. These secrets are not secret for long in the film, but its better to describe it this way.
Also in town is a brothel, run by Mr. Dillon's mistress Lucia, played pretty well by Milla Jovovich, proving she doesn't always need to be in bad sci-fi action films.
These five main characters all interact in various way, forming a number of love triangles, and other obstacles they must face.
As interesting as the story is, this film is also very good visually and combined with a very good score, it makes this a very good film.
Lucia: No guns, there are no guns allowed in my town.
In a drunken moment Daniel Dillon sells his wife and daughter for the claim to a gold mine. Twenty years later he is the rich owner of the prosperous town of Kingdom Come with a beautiful mistress, Lucia. But then his wife and daughter, Hope, will come back into his life.
There is not much to say about this movie other than it is soooo boring. The story was never fully developed...maybe that was b/c they spent the first half of the movie showing all the men having sex with the prostitutes which had nothing to do with the plot. The casting was also bad in the case of Hope (Sarah Polley). She was annoying, homely, scraggily and those teeth! It was very unbelieveable that Dalglish (Wes Bentley) would choose her over the beautiful and exotic Lucia (Milla Jovovich).
The ending was also very disappointing. I was exspecting some big climatic ending seeing as nothingelse in the movie was the least bit climatic but no.